Nebraska mom Sarah Brugger was at the Westroads Mall in Omaha when her five-day-old newborn got hungry.
According to Yahoo Lifestyle, the mom found a bench away from other customers and started to breastfeed her child.
That’s when she was approached by a security guard, she said:
“I was fully covered with no skin showing and no one was nearby. A mall security guard came up to me and said, ‘There are nursing rooms available if you’d like to use them.’”
The security guard told Brugger that he wasn’t telling her to stop breastfeeding, but that some shoppers had complained. The mom said:
“He threw up his hands in defense and said, ‘I have no problem with it but we’ve had complaints, so I wanted to let you know,”
He didn’t tell Brugger to move, but she was angered nonetheless. She told Yahoo Lifestyle:
“Nothing like this had happened to me before and it blows my mind that breastfeeding is an issue in 2018… I was fired up so I wrote a post on the Facebook page of my local mom group and it blew up.”
Brugger posted a warning about the mall to her local mom group on Facebook, where it quickly picked up steam.
The mom told WYFF4 that she was embarrassed by the incident and that new moms have enough to deal with:
“Its stressful enough as a new mom and new baby when other people make added stress it’s really uncomfortable.”
Westraods Mall Senior General Manager Jim Sadler said he was devastated that the incident occurred at the shopping establishment because “the mother has every right to feed her child.”
He told WYFF4:
“If somebody else has a problem with it, then that’s on them.”
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), women are allowed to publicly breastfeed in all 50 states, but mothers aren’t exempt from public indecency laws in Nebraska.